Parents' Guide to

If I Can Dream

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Hulu's 24/7 reality program woos teens with interaction.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Reminds me of the movie: Live In Public.

What amazed me the most was the complete lack of regard for other members who were invited to share this opportunity by some of the participants. Not doing dishes or keeping the house somewhat tidy, waking others with loud music when they were supposed to get sleep in order to do well in their careers. Complete insulation from the real world. I think it was abusive for the producers to insist that there be cameras in the bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. These are young people in their formative years and were basically emotionally blackmailed in order to get ratings for a show. I watched all episodes and the ending of the show was rather abrupt. There should have been more focus upon the interviews for roles, etc., and less focus upon parties, in-fighting, peeing in shampoo bottles, etc. Too much of an invasion of these people's lives ... and for what? Did they learn how to be sensitive to other people, act with class as role models. There should have been supervision by the producer from day one ... things got way out of hand early on.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Young people willing to sell themselves out for fame and fortune

I have been watching this show and checking in on the house for a couple of weeks. It is disappointing that these kids are willing to sell their souls for fame and fortune. The language is certainly inappropriate for any age and there is nudity. Kara and Justin are the only ones in the house who aren't willing to sell out.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The show, which is's first original program, combines some of the positive energy that comes with dreaming big with some of the expected drama of any reality series. While the cast members do not have to participate in house challenges or fear getting voted out of the house, they do have to deal with egos, insecurities, and other personality issues.

The project certainly opens doors for these folks, but the show's producers (some of whom appear periodically on camera) clearly note that they are not guaranteed success. But the interactive nature of the show, including the use webchats, and social media outlets like Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook, to keep connected with audiences will certainly help to make them temporary reality stars, whether or not they make it in Hollywood.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 2, 2010
  • Network: Hulu
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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